How to Install and Update Adobe Flash Player for Mac

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Although Flash is a rapidly declining technology on the web for many reasons, there are still websites that use it to render multimedia content. To install or update Adobe Flash Player for macOS, follow the instructions below.

Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020.

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How to Install Adobe Flash Player for Mac

You can install Flash Player for Mac from the Adobe download page.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the official Adobe Flash download page.

    Adobe Flash Player download page
  2. Select the Step 1 drop-down menu, then choose Mac OS X <version>.

    Operating system menu on Adobe Flash Player download page
  3. Select the Step 2 drop-down menu, then choose the option corresponding with the browser or browsers you use most often. In this example, Safari and Firefox are selected.

    The version menu on the Adobe Flash Player download page
  4. Select Download now, located in the lower-right corner of the page.

    The Download Now button
  5. A DMG file downloads.

    The Adobe Flash Player download
  6. Locate the DMG file in the browser's default download location, typically the Downloads folder or the Desktop. Select this file to begin the installation process.

  7. A new disk image labeled Flash Player appears after extracting the DMG. Double-click Install Adobe Flash Player, located in this image.

    The Adobe Flash Player for Mac installer file

    You might see a warning, noting that Install Adobe Flash Player has been downloaded from the internet and asking if you trust its origin. Confirm your acceptance to continue.

  8. The Adobe Flash Player Installer appears, overlaying other open windows. Select I have read and agree to the terms.

  9. Select Install.

    The Adobe Flash Player Installer for macOS
  10. If prompted, enter your macOS password, then select Install Helper.

    The Install Adobe Flash Player interface for macOS
  11. A confirmation message appears when the installation completes. Select Done.

  12. Enter your macOS password when prompted, then select Add Helper to complete the process.

    The Install Adobe Flash Player interface

How to Update Adobe Flash Player for Mac

After Flash is installed on your Mac, it's essential it remains up-to-date for both security and functionality purposes. 

As you follow along with these instructions, only accept Flash updates that originate from Adobe, as different forms of malware mask themselves as such.

  1. Click the Apple menu icon, located in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select System Preferences.

    The System Preferences command under the Apple menu
  3. Click Flash Player, located in the lower-left corner of the System Preferences interface.

    The Flash Player item in System Preferences
  4. Select Updates.

    The Updates tab
  5. Select Check Now.

    You can also decide how to install Flash Player updates. Select Allow Adobe to install updates so you don't miss critical enhancements or security patches.

    The Check Now button
  6. Your computer checks to see if an update is available. If there is an update, click Yes and follow the on-screen prompts to install it. If not, click OK and close the System Preferences window.